This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

cucumber plants

cuke packs cukes in a row
I planted cucumber seeds on May 9th, but none sprouted. I couldn't even find any of the seeds in the soil. So I bought two 6-packs of plants - Slicemaster and pickling cukes. I planted these today under the trellis.

I also put some seeds of striped Armenian cucumbers into a little 6-pack with potting soil. This is one of the varieties that didn't sprout. I'll keep this in a nice warm location and see if I can get a few seedlings.

I planted two types of cucumber seeds in early May, Diva and striped Armenian. I put them at the back of bed #5, the coldest and shadiest area of the garden. Probably not a good choice of location for cukes, since the soil needs to be nice and warm for them to sprout. I think I'll put the lettuce in this bed next year.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning! I just wanted to let you know that I check out your site every day to see how your garden is doing (and see if mine is behind). Love your site! I am also in zone 6, south west of Boston and until I found your site, I never would have thought to plant Peas mid-April. (I grew up in NH and couldn't start gardening that early.) BTW; my peas are over 3' tall already! Thanks for posting daily photos!

May 30, 2007 8:28 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Wow, 3ft peas! Mine are about half of that now. Thanks for your note! I'm on my was out to the garden now....

May 30, 2007 8:44 AM

Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hallo. I hope you have better luck with yuor cukes! I have stopped growing them because they always end up
Have a really nice day/Tyra

May 30, 2007 10:22 AM

Anonymous Briana said...

But they look so pretty!

May 30, 2007 12:33 PM

Blogger Kathy said...

You know, none of the cucumbers I planted sprouted, either. I started a few inside and they're coming up just fine, so I don't know what happened. Can't wait to get them planted (too hot right now, though).

May 30, 2007 7:31 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Last year, the cucumbers were my best crop. I'd hate to skip the cuke crop. The new little plants seem to be doing good. I hope they grow up OK. Its such a cold and shady location. Once they get a foot tall they'll reach the sunshine.

June 01, 2007 10:07 PM


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